This Day in Pop Culture for October 5

The Ten Commandments

1956: Moses Makes a Big Splash

One of the most famous faith-based films, The Ten Commandments, was released today in 1956 as a preview in Salt Lake City. The epic, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, tells the story of Moses. The film was shot in Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula and stared Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and Vincent Price. Yvonne De Carlo, who is best known as Lily from The Munsters TV show, played Sephora. The movie was DeMille’s last and most successful film and ironically was partially a remake of his silent film of the same name that was created in 1923. At the time, it was the most expensive film ever made and is one of the most financially successful ones too. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards but only won one for Best Visual Effects. ABC has aired the movie every year near Easter since 1973. (Image: Wikimedia)

Movies Released

  • A Star is Born (2018)
  • Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Frankenweenie (2011)
  • Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)
  • Max Keebles’ Big Move (2001)
  • Michael Clayton (2007)
  • Serendipity (2001)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
  • The Ten Commandments (1956)
  • Training Day (2001)
  • Venom (2018)

TV Series Debuts

  • American Horror Story (2011)
  • Angel (1999)
  • Gilmore Girls (2000)
  • Reba (2001)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1829: Chester A. Arthur (21st President of the U.S.)
  • 1902: Ray Kroc (“founder” of McDonald’s restaurants)
  • 1919: Donald Pleasence (actor)
  • 1922: Bil Keane (cartoonist)
  • 1923: Glynis Johns (actress)
  • 1943: Steve Miller (singer)
  • 1950: Jeff Conaway (actor)
  • 1951: Karen Allen (actress)
  • 1952: Clive Barker (author)
  • 1957: Bernie Mac (actor)
  • 1958: Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist)
  • 1960: Daniel Baldwin (actor)
  • 1975: Kate Winslet (actress)
  • 1978: Jesse Palmer (football player)
  • 2006: Jacob Tremblay (actor)

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